By Kieran Maguire

4th Nov, 2022 | 4:37pm

Kieran Maguire: 'Hostilities' intensifying ahead of Rangers crisis talks

The “hostile” atmosphere between Rangers and the rest of the SPFL at club and executive level is here to stay.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest developments in Rangers’ ongoing dispute with the SPFL over the league-wide Cinch sponsorship deal.

Rangers refused to take part in the deal struck at the beginning of 2021-22 with Cinch, who operate in the same industry as chairman Douglas Park’s user car company, Park’s Motors.

The Daily Mail reported that all 12 Scottish Premiership clubs will meet at Hampden Park next month to discuss the SPFL’s handling of the feud.

Close to £150,000 in legal fees has been spent in relation to the disagreement, with that figure expected to rise further.

Maguire assessed the situation and the impact it might have on the internal dynamics within the Scottish top flight.

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In terms of the legal fees relating to the Cinch deal, it’s a shame that the relationship between parties in Scottish football has become so hostile.

Every pound that is spent in terms of legal and consultancy fees over issues like this where deals can’t be hammered out when execs meet up is money that is going to impact all clubs.

Things are always delicate in Scotland. It’s a league where there is a lot of hostility between not only the clubs themselves but also the clubs and those in charge of the league.

Therefore, it makes it more difficult to come to a collegiate conclusion to the issues which are provoking disputes.

In other news, Rangers lay groundwork for new manager appointment as contact made.